We use cookies to collect and analyse information on site performance and usage to improve and customise your experience, where applicable. View our Cookies Policy. Click Accept and continue to use our website or Manage to review and update your preferences.

Strictly necessary cookies

Cookie name Duration Cookie purpose
ASP.NET_SessionId Session This cookie holds the current session id (OPPassessment only)
.ASPXANONYMOUS 2 Months Authentication to the site
LSI 1 Year To remember cookie preference for Law Society websites (www.lawsociety.ie, www.legalvacancies.ie, www.gazette.ie)
FTGServer 1 Hour Website content ( /CSS , /JS, /img )
_ga 2 Years Google Analytics
_gat Session Google Analytics
_git 1 Day Google Analytics
AptifyCSRFCookie Session Aptify CSRF Cookie
CSRFDefenseInDepthToken Session Aptify defence cookie
EB5Cookie Session Aptify eb5 login cookie

Functional cookies

Cookie name Duration Cookie purpose
Zendesk Local Storage Online Support
platform.twitter.com Local Storage Integrated Twitter feed

Marketing cookies

Cookie name Duration Cookie purpose
fr 3 Months Facebook Advertising - Used for Facebook Marketing
_fbp 3 months Used for facebook Marketing
Former Labour Court chair Kevin Duffy made honorary Doctor of Laws at UCD

16 Sep 2019 / education Print

Ex-Labour Court chair is honorary Doctor of Laws

UCD has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws to former Labour Court chair Kevin Duffy.

The award honours outstanding leaders in Irish society.

Kevin Duffy began his career as a bricklayer after leaving school aged 15. An official of the Bricklayers' Union for 15 years, the Dubliner was appointed general secretary to the then 200-year-old trade union.

Industrial relations

In 1987, he joined the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as assistant general secretary in charge of industrial relations.

He was appointed deputy chairman of the Labour Court in 1997 and, given the court’s increased focus on legal arguments, he decided to qualify as a barrister.

Mr Duffy was called to the Bar in 2003, having had no formal education since his teens. Subsequently, he assumed the role as chairman of the Labour Court and held the position for the next 13 years.

Following his retirement, he was chosen by the Government to chair both the commission examining water charges and the Public Service Pay Commission.

“Without fear of contradiction, I can say that [Kevin] has done Ireland extraordinary service,” said associate professor Anthony Kerr (UCD Sutherland School of Law at the conferring ceremony last week.

Gazette Desk
Gazette.ie is the daily legal news site of the Law Society of Ireland